Thursday, 4 December 2008

The following excerpt is from a wonderful book, Tuesdays with morrie. It's about a young student, Mitch and his classes with his old dying mentor, Morrie. This one class met on tuesdays. The subject was meaning of life.


In the South American rain forest, there is a tribe called the Desana, who see the world as a fixed quantity of energy that flows between all creatures. Every birth must therefore engender a death, and every death brings forth another birth. This way, the energy of the world remains complete.
When they hunt for food, the Desana know that the animals they kill will leave a hole in the spiritual well. But that hole will be filled, they believe, by the souls of the Desana hunters when they die. Were there no men dying, there would be no birds or fish being born. I like this idea. Morrie likes it too. The close he gets to good bye, the more he seems to feel we are all creatures in the same forest. What we take, we must replenish.

"it's only fair," he says.


from the book
"Love each other or perish"

"Once you learn to die, you learn to live"

"Love is the only rational act"

5 comments:

misspecs said...

Aw that was beautiful, Mubi.

But its a scary concept. Why must life be made only after bloodshed?

Daanish said...

Thanks for sharring.

The concepts about life and death are mind boggling and fascinating as long as those are generalized.

But as soon as it is on personal turf,nothing is philosophical,it is either a movement of joy (birth) or a grief/tragedy (death)depending on the path/personal closeness.

Nando_Villa said...

i am sorry mubi like always i have to disagree love is the most irrational feelin .

Mubi said...

specs, hm ya but i think thats actually the way life goes, someone, where dies and that gives way to a new life..not always from bloodshed

daanish,i so agree! phir philosophy jaiy bhar mai :p

nando, ah i know! and now ur one liner is becoming so over rated in itself :p

thepurplejournal said...

That reminds me of a 10-year old, who said, "When you die, they bury you in the ground and your soul goes to heaven, but your body can't got to heaven because it's too crowded up there already."

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